Victims of the Rotherham child exploitation scandal are suing the council and police for £14 million after a damning report condemned "blatant failings" that allowed Asian gangs to prey on 1,400 children as young as 11.

Council bosses were accused of turning a blind eye to 16-years of abuse for fear of being labelled racist, while senior police officers dismissed many of the victims as "undesirables" who were not worthy of protection, the report claimed.

Now solicitors representing some of those whose lives were blighted by the years of sexual exploitation are launching a class action, demanding damages which could run into tens of millions of pounds.

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